Yemeni Govt. Accuses Iran of Pushing Houthis to Escalation

Yemeni Govt. Accuses Iran of Pushing Houthis to Escalation

Sunday, 15 April, 2018 - 08:30
A general view of the southern port city of Aden, Yemen. (Reuters)
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Yemeni Prime Minister Ahmed Obeid bin Daghr stated on Saturday that the ballistic missiles and drones used by the Houthi militias are made by Iran.

These weapons were never part of the state’s army before the Houthi coup, he explained after a cabinet session in Aden.

He added that the militias have no control over agreeing to a peace agreement in Yemen because they are pawns for Iran.

Tehran is the side that ordered the militias to intensify their rocket attacks against Saudi Arabia in an attempt to ease their international isolation and hamper peace efforts.

Saudi air defenses this week thwarted numerous Houthis ballistic missile attacks. None of the rockets reached their targets and no one was injured in the incidents.

The Yemeni cabinet tackled the latest internal and international developments, including the ongoing field victories by the army, supported by the Saudi-led Arab coalition.

Official government sources said that the cabinet hailed the heroic victories against the Houthis, the latest of which was the liberation of the coastal city of Midi. It also highlighted the military’s advances on Saada, al-Baydha and Taiz.

The meeting lauded “the ongoing military and resistance sacrifices aimed at restoring the state’s authority, liberating what remains of territory still under Houthi control and defeating the destructive Iranian agenda.”

“It is certain that Iran’s agents in the Arab region have neared their end after their destructive agenda was exposed to the world,” it continued.

It held the Iranian regime completely responsible for the Houthis ballistic missile attacks against civilian targets inside Saudi Arabia, calling on the United Nations Security Council to assume its responsibilities in preserving international peace and stability.

Iran must also be held accountable for its insubordination against international resolutions and its ongoing armament of the Houthi militias with ballistic missiles, it continued.

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